What makes these performances special for me are two works: George Crumb's "Black Angels" (no surprise there, that section was my halloween post) and Conlon Nancarrow's early and imo fantastic String Quartet No. 1. Reich's Triple Quartet (for two pre-recorded string quartets and one live quartet) is quite listenable but doesn't really do much for me. Then there is "Different Trains". To put it mildly - I am *not* a fan whatsoever. And to put it plainly, I find the whole work extremely annoying and tedious - start to finish. Borderline torture. There are plenty of works that employ recorded tape, looping and vocal snippets that I like; this is just not one of them. I'm sure many of you feel differently, and that's not only fine, that's wonderful! That's what makes an individual listening experience so glorious. The global language and dance indeed.
So, please die-hard Reich fans - no hate comments directed at me ;)
|An exuberant Conlon Nancarrow|
-For George Crumb's "Black Angels" which is part of this live program, please scroll down three posts to October 31st.